Players Championship 2014 Prize Money: Complete Purse Earnings from TPC Sawgrass

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IFebruary 27, 2017

Martin Kaymer of Germany, holds The Players championship trophy at TPC Sawgrass, Sunday, May 11, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Martin Kaymer is $1.8 million richer after a gritty finish saw him take the 2014 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday at 13 under. 

Kaymer held on for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk. Furyk will undoubtedly lament another close loss, but pocketing just over $1 million for second will help him get over it.

The payouts at this tournament are elite. 

One of the main factors for this prestigious tournament being known as the unofficial fifth major is the massive purse. It offered this year's field $10 million in payouts. 

As Kyle Porter of points out, that purse is matched on the PGA calendar only by the PGA Championship. 

Have a look at the final leaderboard and payouts, and then I'll take a closer look at Sunday's exciting action: 

2014 Players Championship Leaderboard and Payouts
Pos.GolferTo ParTotalEarnings
1Martin Kaymer-13275$1,800,000
2Jim Furyk-12276$1,080,000
3Sergio Garcia-11277$680,000
T4Justin Rose-10278$440,000
T4Jordan Spieth-10278$440,000
T6Jimmy Walker-9279$313,000
T6Rory McIlroy-9279$313,000
T6Lee Westwood-9279$313,000
T6David Hearn-9279$313,000
T6Francesco Molinari-9279$313,000
T11Brian Davis-8280$240,000
T11Gary Woodland-8280$240,000
T13K.J. Choi-7281$187,500
T13Chris Kirk-7281$187,500
T13Steve Stricker-7281$187,500
T13George McNeill-7281$187,500
T17Russell Henley-6282$135,333
T17Justin Hicks-6282$135,333
T17Brian Stuard-6282$135,333
T17Morgan Hoffmann-6282$135,333
T17Matt Kuchar-6282$135,333
T17Matt Jones-6282$135,333
T23Marc Leishman-5283$96,000
T23Hideki Matsuyama-5283$96,000
T23Daniel Summerhays-5283$96,000
T26Billy Horschel-4284$69,500
T26Brendan Steele-4284$69,500
T26Kevin Chappell-4284$69,500
T26Zach Johnson-4284$69,500
T26Bill Haas-4284$69,500
T26Bo Van Pelt-4284$69,500
T26Ryan Moore-4284$69,500
T26John Senden-4284$69,500
T34Russell Knox-3285$52,750
T34Erik Compton-3285$52,750
T34Scott Langley-3285$52,750
T34Henrik Stenson-3285$52,750
T38Luke Donald-2286$38,000
T38Gonzalo Fdez-Castano-2286$38,000
T38Kevin Na-2286$38,000
T38Jamie Donaldson-2286$38,000
T38Charley Hoffman-2286$38,000
T38Angel Cabrera-2286$38,000
T38Adam Scott-2286$38,000
T38Rory Sabbatini-2286$38,000
T38Justin Leonard-2286$38,000
T38Stewart Cink-2286$38,000
T48Retief Goosen-1287$24,073
T48Jeff Maggert-1287$24,073
T48Charl Schwartzel-1287$24,073
T48Pat Perez-1287$24,073
T48J.J. Henry-1287$24,073
T48Martin Flores-1287$24,073
T48Charlie Beljan-1287$24,073
T48Jason Dufner-1287$24,073
T48Steven Bowditch-1287$24,073
T48Bubba Watson-1287$24,073
T48Brandt Snedeker-1287$24,073
T59Ryan PalmerE288$22,000
T59Dustin JohnsonE288$22,000
T59John PetersonE288$22,000
T62Graeme McDowell+1289$21,500
T62Scott Brown+1289$21,500
64Freddie Jacobson+2290$21,200
T65Richard Lee+3291$20,800
T65Ian Poulter+3291$20,800
T65Scott Stallings+3291$20,800
68Sang-Moon Bae+4292$20,400
69Geoff Ogilvy+5293$20,200
70Brendon de Jonge+6294$20,000
71Kyle Stanley+7295$19,800
-Ernie ElsMDF219$19,400
-Seung-yul NohMDF219$19,400
-John HuhMDF219$19,400
-John MerrickMDF220$18,900
-Jonas BlixtMDF220$18,900
-Stuart ApplebyMDF221$18,400
-John RollinsMDF221$18,400
-Rickie FowlerMDF221$18,400
-Chris StroudMDF222$17,900
-Joost LuitenMDF222$17,900
-Jeff OvertonMDF225$17,600
Source: ESPN

Kaymer began the final round tied for the lead with Jordan Spieth. With Spieth struggling on Sunday while Kaymer was making it look easy, the former world No. 1 opened up a comfortable lead. 

Spieth wound up shooting a 74 on Sunday and finished tied for fourth, which won him $440,000. 

Then rain halted Kaymer's momentum. The German was through 13 holes when play was suspended, and he owned a three-stroke lead on Furyk. After play was suspended for over an hour, Kaymer returned to the course a different, shakier player. 

With Furyk in the clubhouse, Kaymer stepped up to the iconic 17th tee and missed the island green and barely found a dry resting spot on a thin patch of rough. He looked like he was still going to lose his lead after a difficult chip left him nearly 30 feet from the hole. 

He was left with a bending putt, and he drilled it.

ESPN's Skip Bayless highlighted what an impressive and important putt this was: 

Kaymer then played a solid 18th and carded a par, the victory and his massive payday. 

Sergio Garcia continued his great play at this tournament and finished third to pocket $680,000. Perhaps that tidy payday improved his mood after coming close and falling short. The Spaniard tweeted this following his round: 

Kaymer's win was a popular one. He is a likable golfer with supreme talent, but he's been scuffling.

Kaymer hasn't had much success over the past few years. This was his first win since the 2011 HSBC Champions in Shanghai and his only top-10 finish thus far in 2014. Kaymer has his easy, fluid swing in a groove once again, however, and I expect him to appear on a few more leaderboards this season. 

On top of his excellent ball striking, Kaymer showed the kind of mental toughness it takes to be a consistent factor. 


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